The Cubs and Dodgers played a throwback game yesterday. The Dodgers wore their faux-satin jerseys again, which is about the best thing going on for the Dodgers right now. That will change if Either can extend this streak, but he's still too far off for me to get too excited about it yet. The Cubs wore some throwbacks from 1944, which also looked pretty darned good. It might have been even better had it not been 90 degrees out. Why's that? Because these sleeves are awesome, that's why. Look at Sean Marshall congratulating himself on being the best looking ballplayer out there. Carlos Pena, on the other hand, can now add uniforms to my long list of disappointments since he got to Chicago. True, the first disappointment was him arriving in Chicago, though I tried to talk myself into him being okay. He has not been okay, and he does not look okay. One flop after another.
On the bright side, Chicago did win the game, and won yesterday. The Pirates won yesterday, too, bringing them to 15-16 and good for third place in the division. It's still early, but at this point last year, they were 12-15 and sitting in fifth. That doesn't seem like a huge difference in record, and it's not. But, at this point last year, the Pirates had been outscored 93-179. When you're only three games under .500, 80 runs is a lot to be behind. This year, it's 115-132. Still down, but 15 is a whole lot more respectable than 80. Or 86 and 17, if you don't like my rough rounding.
The best run differential, I hear you more curious types asking? Well, the Cleveland Indians, of course. Even with all those last inning heroics they've had, they're sitting pretty at 151-103 for the year. They're the only American League team with 20-wins so far.* They're supposed best players, Choo and Sizemore, have only just come to life. Just in time for Choo to realize that drunk driving is maybe frowned on more here than back in Korea. It's early, but I'm adopting the Indians as my AL team this year.
*The Phillies are the other 20-win team at the moment. I'm not sure who got there first, but I thought it was Cleveland.
The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, and Calvin Borel couldn't get a top ride. How insane is that? Even somebody who is not exactly a horse racing expert like me knows that Calvin Borel wins Derbies. There are certain people who are just built for one purpose. Albert Pujols is a hitting machine. John Lennon was a musical machine. Tiger Woods was a golf machine before we found out he was really a sex machine. And Calvin Borel? He's a Kentucky Derby machine. And what is the Triple Crown about? Winning. Duh. And Calvin Borel is Tiger Blood. How does a top trainer not put Mr. Borel on the payroll to ride his horses in the Derby? I don't understand. But then, I don't really understand a lot about horse racing outside the actual race itself. But I may have to go to my local OTB and put down a few bucks on Twice the Appeal, which according to an ESPN story about Borel, is sitting at 40-1 right now.
On a totally not-related to sports note, I might have been the last person to see Rebecca Black's "Friday" video on YouTube. I don't want to bash the girl, from what I can tell she's a pretty normal 13-year-old who got a chance to have some fun and make a music video. But, seriously. It is bad. Her singing is not great (and that's as far as I'm going to go with her), but not even the Three Tenors could make this song work. To whoever put pen to paper and came up with this song: "Your music is bad and you should feel bad!"*
*With thanks to Zoidberg from Futurama.
I don't know how many people haven't seen this video yet, I know I read a ton about it before I finally jumped on board. In case you have been living under the proverbial rock, though, knock yourself out. Here it is.